Sunday, March 13, 2011

And they're off!!!

Kevin and Jack: working hard or hardly working?

The first gathering of the tribe.

Sunny Southern Arizona! It is so nice to be out of the rain! And, what a beautiful way to start the tour season! Unfortunately, the California Kick Start was canceled, (come on you guys! it wasn't that tough!) so this is our first tour of the year. Three days in a big yellow truck and we're off.

The weather this week is warm and sunny: averaging around 80*f every day. Today's ride takes our new tribe wandering through the high desert from Cactus Country RV Resort in Southern Tucson South and East through Sonoita to the little town of Patagonia. Patagonia is a very small blip on the radar, but attracts droves of tourists. The State Park outside of town host some of the best bird watching in the Southern states. We stay the night at the park in town: more of a vacant lot, but they call it a park. The town consists of a couple of restaurants, art shops, a great coffee shop, and a really cool natural food store.

This weeks tribe has members from as far away as Canada and Massachusetts! Escaping the cold no doubt. It is great to see Hillary back for another jaunt in the desert. ( I think she just wanted to hassle the border patrol again this year!) Our tour leader, Dave, is wetting his feet in leading his first supported tour. He does have a seasoned staff to help him along the way! Rich and Sue Anne, Jack, Kevin and Joe. (Joe just works the tours for the food!) I will try and post a few pictures of Kevin working. If I have the opportunity to see him working. His wife thinks he just goofs around. Really?

Last nights dinner was a hearty pasta meal that included: spring greens and nicoisse salad with white balsamic vinaigrette, garlic bread, seafood linguine, fettuccine with Italian sausage and red roasted peppers, dolmas & mufaletta, and homemade cookies for dessert. Pancakes and eggs for breakfast and the tribe is all carbed up to ride today's hills. Cute moment of the morning: one sleepy tribe member didn't quite realize the hard boiled eggs still had the shells on them. A little crunchy?

I was completely amazed that on this tour I have ONLY ONE VEGETARIAN! It has never happened before. We usually average about 20% of the tribe being non meat eaters. I'm sure it will catch up with me before the end of the season.

So off we go to another adventure in the wild wild West. Traversing the trails of the likes of Doc Holliday and Wyatt Erp. Avoiding Choya plants at all costs! And maybe I'll get to really see a Havalina.

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